I hope Mr Linky is still open and I can get this quilt entered in Amy's Blogger's Quilt Festival. I just got my internet back after Hurricane Sandy.
I made this quilt a few years ago for my younger brother and his new wife. They live in Nashville and I live near Baltimore so I hadn't seen their home since their wedding and I knew they had decorated a lot. No idea what color scheme so I went Multi! I pulled out some black and white prints and my precious Cherrywood fabrics. I didn't have a pattern, I just started with a big ol' star. After I got the center star done, the middle looked 'boorrrrrrrring' and I knew it needed something.
I used some designs from Kim Schaefer's book Flower Festival and jazzed it up a little. Aren't those Cherrywood colors just yummy? I also decided to frame up those applique blocks (yeah, cuz I accidentally cut the blocks too small, lol. Happy accident.)
I had so much fun with this quilt. I tried things for the first time. Like, quilting feathers! This is one of the four large corner blocks. This first picture is before I washed it and you can see the marks I used. I just used 3 circles to give myself some boundaries. Look at those plump and happy feathers!
And.............after a ride through the washing machine! All nice and rumply.
For the triangles, I just stitched a freeform center line of stitching and then fit some feathers on each side. I don't know why I haven't done this again. I really need to.
For this quilt I even got out my calculator and did some arithmatic. Oooooo! I pieced a border! Dang Lisa, you musta really been showing off that day, ha ha.
In each of the solid blocks around the border, I tried something else for the first time. I decided to use some 'filler' patterns with my quilting. I poked around Leah Day's website and got lots and lots of ideas.
Here's one, some simple wavy lines.
And some sassy zig zaggy lines.
Who likes curls?
I believe this was supposed to look a bit like flames.
Circles! Gosh I always love the look of this but I haven't ever gotten the nerve to try it in a large space. Lots of thread used if you do that.
Itty bitty feathers. Cute!
And I think I was either really tired or just plain running out of ideas or mojo. Just some sorta outline stitching.
I haven't seen this quilt since I gave it to George and Lara. Looking at these pictures makes me realize that I need to stop and smell the roses more often when I'm making a quilt. By that, I mean slow down and give each quilt a proper finish, try new stuff, and take a chance. It's way too easy to get impatient after piecing a top when you can almost smell the finish line. I'm so guilty of that, anybody else wanna raise their hands. Nice solid border and a quick all-over meander and we can get going on the next quilt we've been itching to make. I think I feel a resolution coming in my near future.
Anyway, here are the stats for this quilt.
Measures 64 inches square.
Special techniques: machine applique.
Machine quilted by Lisa Mathis on a home machine.
Best category: applique quilt, throw, home machine quilted.
I hope you enjoyed this quilt!
I hope you enjoyed this quilt!